Books about cycling impotence
If you are riding more than several hours a week, you might be one of those who have concerns that the perineal pressure caused by sitting on the bicycle saddle can cause sexual dysfunction. Impotence is a common fear among bike riders.
What is Impotence?
Impotence is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. It does not include other symptoms, such as lack of libido, inability to ejaculate or the inability to achieve orgasm.
Surveys are contradictory: some suggest that 90% of impotence has an emotional cause, such as stress, the lack of attraction to one’s partner, anxiety or depression, the fear of not performing, etc.
Why Do Men Fear of Biking Impotence?
Unfortunately for us all (and for men in particular), we live in a very macho society. We still live by the ancient myth that men should always able to have relations, regardless of any other factor. Men should always feel desire, should have full erections and should never fail.
What About Women?
Impotence is mainly a male problem. But women bikers can also have concerns about “pressure” to that sensitive area, and woman can also suffer from “impotence”. For other aspects of “women and impotence” you can visit this link.
How High Is the Risk for Biking Impotence?
Actually, most men don’t develop prostate or sexual performance problems from riding. In fact, most authorities agree that cycling, because it improves the cardiovascular system, is less of a risk factor for impotence than a sedentary lifestyle. Regular, moderate exercise may even prevent impotence, since exercise stimulates blood flow, and what’s good for your heart may also be good for overcoming impotence.
What Can Be Done to Minimize the Risk of Biking Impotence?
As we understand now that there is a connection between cycling and impotence, lets find the best ways to minimize the risk:
Select the best bicycle seat and set its position
- Selecting the right saddle width: Choose a bike seat based on your anatomy. If you have a wide pelvis (are a bigger guy), you’ll want a saddle with a wide rear sitting area. Lightweight riders can get away with narrower saddles. Your local bike shop may have a relatively new device to measure sit-bone width. Specialized now offers saddles in three widths so that riders can be supported by their “sit bones” to reduce pressure on the perineum (the area between the legs).
- Selecting the right saddle shape: The shape of the saddle as well as the width can minimize pressure on the prostate area. The Sportourer Kaalam Gel Flow Saddle may be of interest to you. There are also other solutions, such as nose-less saddles. I can only comment that nose-less seats have been around for more than a decade, but without much acceptance.
- Setting saddle height: If your seat is too high (your pelvis rocks side to side as you pedal) you put pressure on the perineum with each pedal stroke. Be sure your pelvis stays horizontal.
- Setting saddle tilt: If the nose tilts up, it can press into the perineum. A saddle tilted down to an excessive degree will cause you to slide forward to the point that the “sit bones” no longer support your pelvis – and the nose of the saddle again presses on the perineum. The ideal is a tilt just a few degrees nose down from horizontal.
Tip: Look for bicycles with great shock-absorption capabilities to help prevent impotence.
If you usually ride over extremely uneven terrain, you’ll be jolted out of your seat quite often when cycling over logs, rocks and other trail obstructions. This means your genitals are constantly hitting the seat.
Try to avoid this as much as possible by buying a bicycle with a top-rated suspension fork, a hardtail bicycle, a bicycle with a rear shock or other bikes with great impact-absorption capabilities. That’ll go a long way towards preventing impotence.
Adopting Proper Riding Technique
- Stand from time to time: Spending most of the time seated puts continuous pressure on the perineum. Stand up on short hills, when exiting corners, and when accelerating away from stop signs.
- Change your sitting location: Slide to the rear of the saddle when going down hills, sit squarely on your sit bones when cruising the flats, and move toward the narrow nose only for brief periods when you are sprinting.
- Take a break, from time to time: If you are riding long hours, take breaks.
Sample Ergonomic & Anatomic Bicycle Saddles
Last Word About Biking Impotence
Don’t let your fears of biking impotence keep you off the bike! By selecting the right saddle, and by adopting proper biking techniques, we can minimize the risks of impotence!
- BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2991088.stm.
- 63xc: http://www.63xc.com/willm/bike_sexhealth.htm.
- Impotence-guide: http://www.impotence-guide.com.